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[$] Business accounting with GnuCash

Post Syndicated from corbet original https://lwn.net/Articles/731126/rss

The first stop in the search for a free accounting system that can replace
QuickBooks is a familiar waypoint: the GnuCash application. GnuCash has been
around for many years and is known primarily as a personal-finance tool,
but it has acquired some business features as well. The question is: are
those business features solid enough to allow the program to serve as a
replacement for QuickBooks?

Court Cracks Down on ‘Future’ Pirate Mayweather-McGregor Streams

Post Syndicated from Ernesto original https://torrentfreak.com/court-cracks-down-on-future-pirate-mayweather-mcgregor-streams-170821/

This weekend, the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. will go head-to-head with UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The fight is not just about prestige, but also about money. Some predict that the unusual matchup could pull in a staggering one billion dollars.

A significant portion of this will go to each of the fighters, but rightsholders such as Showtime benefit as well.

People who want to stream the event live over the Internet will have to cough up between $89.95 and $99.99. This will generate millions of dollars in revenue but the numbers would be even higher if it wasn’t so easy to stream the fight through pirate sites.

This is why Showtime took some of the most brazen pirate sites to court last week, demanding an injunction to stop the pirated streams before they even start. In its complaint, the cable TV provider listed 44 domain names which advertise the fight, urging the court to shut them down pre-emptively.

A few of the 44 targeted (sub)domains.

After reviewing the application, United States District Judge André Birotte Jr. approved the preliminary injunction, which forbids the site’s operators from offering infringing streams. The injunction stays in place until August 28, two days after the event.

While the order is a clear win for Showtime, it’s unclear how effective it will be. The sites in question are all believed to be connected to LiveStreamHDQ and its alleged operator “Kopa Mayweather,” who Showtime have battled before.

At the time of writing, the sites are all still online, although the language appears to have changed. Many now have articles explaining how the fight can be watched legally. Whether it remains that way has to be seen.

Updated ‘pirate’ site

Interestingly, the injunction doesn’t mention any domain name registrars or registries. When Showtime applied for similar measures in the past, the company specifically asked to take control of domain names, so these couldn’t be used for any infringing activity.

That said, the current order applies to the defendants and any others who are “in active concert or participation” with them, so this might be enough for domain registrars and other parties to take appropriate action.

Showtime also has the possibility to request updates to the injunction, if needed, but with only a few days to go this has to happen swiftly.

As mentioned earlier, this is not the first time that Showtime has gone after alleged pirates before they get a chance to commit an offense. The company launched similar cases for the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao and Mayweather vs. Berto matchups in 2015.

While these efforts were successful in taking a few pirate sites down, there were plenty of unauthorized streams available when the events started. This time it’s not likely to be any different. With hundreds of live streaming sites and tools out there, piracy will remain undefeated.

A copy of the preliminary injunction is available here (pdf).

Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

NetDev 2.2 registration is now open

Post Syndicated from jake original https://lwn.net/Articles/731573/rss

The registration for the NetDev 2.2 networking conference is now open. It will be held in Seoul, Korea November 8-10. As usual, it will be preceded by the invitation-only Netconf for core kernel networking hackers. “Netdev 2.2 is a community-driven conference geared towards Linux netheads. Linux kernel networking and user space utilization of the interfaces to the Linux kernel networking subsystem are the focus. If you are using Linux as a boot system for proprietary networking, then this conference _may not be for you_.” LWN covered these conferences in 2016 and earlier this year; with luck, we will cover these upcoming conferences as well.

Security updates for Monday

Post Syndicated from jake original https://lwn.net/Articles/731567/rss

Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (newsbeuter), Debian (augeas, curl, ioquake3, libxml2, newsbeuter, and strongswan), Fedora (bodhi, chicken, chromium, cryptlib, cups-filters, cyrus-imapd, glibc, mingw-openjpeg2, mingw-postgresql, qpdf, and torbrowser-launcher), Gentoo (bzip2, evilvte, ghostscript-gpl, Ked Password Manager, and rar), Mageia (curl, cvs, fossil, jetty, kernel, kernel-linus, kernel-tmb, libmspack, mariadb, mercurial, potrace, ruby, and taglib), Oracle (kernel), Red Hat (xmlsec1), and Ubuntu (graphite2 and strongswan).

iOS 11 Allows Users to Disable Touch ID

Post Syndicated from Bruce Schneier original https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2017/08/ios_11_allows_u.html

A new feature in Apple’s new iPhone operating system — iOS 11 — will allow users to quickly disable Touch ID.

A new setting, designed to automate emergency services calls, lets iPhone users tap the power button quickly five times to call 911. This doesn’t automatically dial the emergency services by default, but it brings up the option to and also temporarily disables Touch ID until you enter a passcode.

This is useful in situations where the police cannot compel you to divulge your password, but can compel you to press your finger on the reader.

Hunting for life on Mars assisted by high-altitude balloons

Post Syndicated from Alex Bate original https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/eclipse-high-altitude-balloons/

Will bacteria-laden high-altitude balloons help us find life on Mars? Today’s eclipse should bring us closer to an answer.

NASA Bacteria Balloons Raspberry Pi HAB Life on Mars

image c/o NASA / Ames Research Center / Tristan Caro

The Eclipse Ballooning Project

Having learned of the Eclipse Ballooning Project set to take place today across the USA, a team at NASA couldn’t miss the opportunity to harness the high-flying project for their own experiments.

NASA Bacteria Balloons Raspberry Pi HAB Life on Mars

The Eclipse Ballooning Project invited students across the USA to aid in the launch of 50+ high-altitude balloons during today’s eclipse. Each balloon is equipped with its own Raspberry Pi and camera for data collection and live video-streaming.

High-altitude ballooning, or HAB as it’s often referred to, has become a popular activity within the Raspberry Pi community. The lightweight nature of the device allows for high ascent, and its Camera Module enables instant visual content collection.

Life on Mars

image c/o Montana State University

The Eclipse Ballooning Project team, headed by Angela Des Jardins of Montana State University, was contacted by Jim Green, Director of Planetary Science at NASA, who hoped to piggyback on the project to run tests on bacteria in the Mars-like conditions the balloons would encounter near space.

Into the stratosphere

At around -35 degrees Fahrenheit, with thinner air and harsher ultraviolet radiation, the conditions in the upper part of the earth’s stratosphere are comparable to those on the surface of Mars. And during the eclipse, the moon will block some UV rays, making the environment in our stratosphere even more similar to the martian oneideal for NASA’s experiment.

So the students taking part in the Eclipse Ballooning Project could help the scientists out, NASA sent them some small metal tags.

NASA Bacteria Balloons Raspberry Pi HAB Life on Mars

These tags contain samples of a kind of bacterium known as Paenibacillus xerothermodurans. Upon their return to ground, the bacteria will be tested to see whether and how the high-altitude conditions affected them.

Life on Mars

Paenibacillus xerothermodurans is one of the most resilient bacterial species we know. The team at NASA wants to discover how the bacteria react to their flight in order to learn more about whether life on Mars could possibly exist. If the low temperature, UV rays, and air conditions cause the bacteria to mutate or indeed die, we can be pretty sure that the existence of living organisms on the surface of Mars is very unlikely.

Life on Mars

What happens to the bacteria on the spacecraft and rovers we send to space? This experiment should provide some answers.

The eclipse

If you’re in the US, you might have a chance to witness the full solar eclipse today. And if you’re planning to watch, please make sure to take all precautionary measures. In a nutshell, don’t look directly at the sun. Not today, not ever.

If you’re in the UK, you can observe a partial eclipse, if the clouds decide to vanish. And again, take note of safety measures so you don’t damage your eyes.

Life on Mars

You can also watch a live-stream of the eclipse via the NASA website.

If you’ve created an eclipse-viewing Raspberry Pi project, make sure to share it with us. And while we’re talking about eclipses and balloons, check here for our coverage of the 2015 balloon launches coinciding with the UK’s partial eclipse.

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Healthy Aussie Pirates Set To Face Cash ‘Fines’, Poor & Sick Should Be OK

Post Syndicated from Andy original https://torrentfreak.com/healthy-aussie-pirates-set-to-face-cash-fines-poor-sick-should-be-ok-170821/

One of the oldest methods of trying to get people to stop downloading and sharing pirated material is by hitting them with ‘fines’.

The RIAA began the practice in September 2003, tracking people sharing music on early peer-to-peer networks, finding out their identities via ISPs, and sending them cease-and-desist orders with a request to pay hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Many thousands of people were fined and the campaign raised awareness, but it did nothing to stop millions of file-sharers who continue to this day.

That’s something that Village Roadshow co-chief Graham Burke now wants to do something about. He says his company will effectively mimic the RIAA’s campaign of 14 years ago and begin suing Internet pirates Down Under. He told AFR that his company is already setting things up, ready to begin suing later in the year.

Few details have been made available at this stage but it’s almost certain that Village Roadshow’s targets will be BitTorrent users. It’s possible that users of other peer-to-peer networks could be affected but due to their inefficiency and relative obscurity, it’s very unlikely.

That leaves users of The Pirate Bay and any other torrent site vulnerable to the company, which will jump into torrent swarms masquerading as regular users, track IP addresses, and trace them back to Internet service providers. What happens next will depend on the responses of those ISPs.

If the ISPs refuse to cooperate, they will have to be taken to court to force them to hand over the personal details of their subscribers to Village Roadshow. It’s extremely unlikely they’ll hand them over voluntarily, so it could be some time before any ISP customer hears anything from the film distributor.

The bottom line is that Village Roadshow will want money to go away and Burke is already being open over the kind of sums his company will ask for.

“We will be looking for damages commensurate with what they’ve done. We’ll be saying ‘You’ve downloaded our Mad Max: Fury Road, our Red Dog, and we want $40 for the four movies plus $200 in costs’,” he says.

While no one will relish any kind of ‘bill’ dropping through a mail box, in the scheme of things a AUS$240 settlement demand isn’t huge, especially when compared to the sums demanded by companies such as Voltage Pictures, who tried and failed to start piracy litigation in Australia two years ago.

However, there’s even better news for some, who have already been given a heads-up that they won’t have to pay anything.

“We will identify people who are stealing our product, we will ask them do they have ill health or dire circumstances, and if they do and undertake to stop, we’ll drop the case,” Burke says.

While being upfront about such a policy has its pros and cons, Burke is also reducing his range of targets, particularly if likes to be seen as a man of his word, whenever those words were delivered. In March 2016, when he restated his intention to begin suing pirates, he also excluded some other groups from legal action.

“We don’t want to sue 16-year-olds or mums and dads,” Burke said. “It takes 18 months to go through the courts and all that does is make lawyers rich and clog the court system. It’s not effective.”

It will remain to be seen what criteria Village Roadshow ultimately employs but it’s likely the company will be asked to explain its intentions to the court, when it embarks on the process to discover alleged pirates’ identities. When it’s decided who is eligible, Burke says the gloves will come off, with pirates being “pursued vigorously” and “sued for damages.”

While Village Roadshow’s list of films is considerable, any with a specifically Australian slant seem the most likely to feature in any legal action. Burke tends to push the narrative that he’s looking after local industry so something like Mad Max: Fury Road would be perfect. It would also provide easy pickings for any anti-piracy company seeking to harvest Aussie IP addresses since it’s still very popular.

Finally, it’s worth noting that Australians who use pirate streaming services will be completely immune to the company’s planned lawsuit campaign. However, Burke appears to be tackling that threat using a couple of popular tactics currently being deployed elsewhere by the movie industry.

“Google are not doing enough and could do a lot more,” he told The Australian (subscription)

Burke said that he was “shocked” at how easy it was to find streaming content using Google’s search so decided to carry out some research of his own at home. He said he found Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk with no difficulty but that came with a sting in the tail.

According to the movie boss, his computer was immediately infected with malware and began asking for his credit card details. He doesn’t say whether he put them in.

As clearly the world’s most unlucky would-be movie pirate, Burke deserves much sympathy. It’s also completely coincidental that Hollywood is now pushing a “danger” narrative to keep people away from pirate sites.

Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 08/21/17

Post Syndicated from Ernesto original https://torrentfreak.com/top-10-pirated-movies-week-bittorrent-082117/

This week we have two newcomers in our chart.

Baywatch is the most downloaded movie.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise.

RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart.

This week’s most downloaded movies are:
Movie Rank Rank last week Movie name IMDb Rating / Trailer
Most downloaded movies via torrents
1 (…) Baywatch 5.7 / trailer
2 (1) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 8.0 / trailer
3 (2) The Mummy 2017 5.8 / trailer
4 (3) King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 7.2 / trailer
5 (6) Wonder Woman (Subbed HDrip) 8.2 / trailer
6 (4) Spider-Man: Homecoming (HDTS) 8.0 / trailer
7 (…) Security 8.2 / trailer
8 (5) The Boss Baby 6.5 / trailer
9 (10) Despicable Me 3 (HDTS) 6.4 / trailer
10 (9) Ghost In the Shell 6.8 / trailer

Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

Имиграционният проектозакон на Котън и Пердю

Post Syndicated from Григор original http://www.gatchev.info/blog/?p=2077

Преди няколко дни един мой познат, който се интересува от имигриране в Америка, се обърна към мен с въпрос. Научил, че Тръмп предлага нова система от имиграционни правила, и се интересуваше какви са те.

Проучих темата и му обясних нещата. След това се замислих – защо да стискам тази информация за себе си? Може би ще е полезна за още някого… Ето я.

Имиграционната система е предложена от американските сенатори Том Котън и Дейвид Пердю, и подкрепена от президента Тръмп. Базирана е на т.нар. RAISE Act, предложен по-рано тази година от същите сенатори. Целта ѝ е „даване на шанс на американските работници и намаляване на легалната имиграция до историческите ѝ нива“. (Към момента САЩ приемат около 1 милион имигранти годишно – целта е намаляване на този брой наполовина.)

Тя все още не е приета от Конгреса и Сената – всъщност, към момента (20 август 2017 г.) дори не е обсъждана там. Няма гаранции, че ще бъде приета. Няма гаранции, че ако бъде приета, няма да бъде променена в каквото и да било отношение. Тук я представям каквато е в първоначалното предложение на двамата сенатори.

По същество тя е точкова система, подобна на тези в Канада и Австралия. Повечето сегашни имиграционни категории се премахват – например лотарията „зелена карта“ и спонсорирането на роднини, с изключение на съпрузи и малолетни деца на американски граждани. Броят на приетите бежанци се ограничава на до 50 000 годишно (към момента са около 100 000, но този брой почти никога не е бил достиган през последните 20 години). Вместо тези се определя годишна квота зелени карти, която в различните източници варира между 125 000 и 140 000. Те ще бъдат запълвани от кандидатите, които събират най-много точки по точковата система.

Критериите, по които ще се оценяват кандидатите, зависят от няколко показателя – образование, възраст, владеене на английски език, обещана работа, инвестирани средства и изключителни постижения. Информацията колко точки носи всеки показател и при какви условия, както и информацията колко е максималният възможен брой точки и минималният необходим за кандидатстване, се различават в различните източници. Описвам тук най-често срещаният вариант.

При него максималният теоретично възможен брой точки е 100. За кандидатстване за имигриране са необходими минимум 30 точки. Получаването им по категории се разпределя както следва:

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1. Образование

– Средно образование – 1 точка.
– Бакалавърска степен от извън САЩ – 5 точки.
– Бакалавърско степен от САЩ – 6 точки.
– Master степен от извън САЩ, ако специалността е STEM – 7 точки.
– Master степен от САЩ, ако специалността е STEM – 8 точки.
– Докторат от извън САЩ, в STEM, бизнес-администрация, медицина или право – 10 точки.
– Докторат от САЩ, в STEM, бизнес-администрация, медицина или право – 13 точки.

Всички тези образования трябва да са признати от американското Ministry of Education.

2. Възраст

– до 18 години – 0 точки. (Плюс че кандидатът е непълнолетен и няма право да кандидатства.)
– 18 до 21 години – 6 точки.
– 22 до 25 години – 8 точки.
– 26 до 30 години – 10 точки.
– 31 до 25 години – 8 точки.
– 36 до 40 години – 6 точки.
– 41 до 45 години – 4 точки.
– 46 до 50 години – 2 точки.
– 50 и повече години – 0 точки.

3. Владеене на английски език

Доказва се с резултат от утвърден официален тест по английски език. Засега се предвижда утвърдените да са TOEFL и IELTS.

Точките се определят според това в кой персентил от полагащите теста се пада кандидатът. (Иначе казано – колко процента от тях са по-зле от него, и колко са по-добре. Ако примерно 70% от полагащите теста са по-зле от кандидата, а 30% са по-добре, той се пада в 70 персентил.)

– До 50 персентил – 0 точки.
– 50-70 персентил – 6 точки.
– 71-80 персентил – 10 точки.
– 81-90 персентил – 11 точки.
– 91-100 персентил – 12 точки.

4. Обещана работа

Оценява се според предложената заплата като процент спрямо средната заплата в щата, където е работата.

– 150-200%: 5 точки.
– 200-300%: 8 точки.
– 300% и по-висока заплата: 13 точки.

(Ако не получавате точки по този параграф, е възможно да ви откажат право на кандидатстване.)

5. Инвестирани средства

Средствата трябва да са инвестирани в проект, който е одобрен от местното правителство (щатско, областно или градско, в зависимост от обхвата на проекта). Инвеститорът трябва да поддържа инвестицията поне 3 години и да участва лично в ръководството на проекта.

– Над 1.35 милиона долара: 6 точки.
– Над 1.8 милиона долара: 12 точки.

6. Изключителни постижения

– Нобелова награда, или сравнимо с нея научно постижение: 25 точки.
– Медал от Олимпийски игри, или първо място на световно първенство в олимпийски спорт: 15 точки.

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Ако кандидатът е сключил брак, съпругът/съпругата му също трябва да премине оценяване по образование, възраст и езикови умения. Ако съпругът/съпругата получава по-малко точки от кандидата в някоя от тези категории, броят точки на кандидата се намалява – неговите точки се умножават по 70%, а тези на съпруга/съпругата по 30%, и се сумират.

Ако кандидати с еднакъв брой точки са на границата на приемане, предимство ще бъде дадено на тези с по-високи резултати за образование, след това за владеене на език, и след това за възраст.

Имигриралите чрез тази система няма да имат право да използват социални помощи в продължение на пет години.

Събиране на точките

На теория 30 от 100 точки изглежда една съвсем ниска граница. (За кандидатстване за имигриране в Канада например се изискват минимум 67 от 100 възможни точки, но при твърде различни критерии за оценяване.) На практика обаче събирането на брой точки, близък до максималния, е нереалистично:

– Не е възможно едновременно да се получат точки за предложена работа и за инвестиции. (Работата трябва да е предложена от американски работодател, а инвеститорът трябва да работи лично в свой собствен проект).
– Набирането на повече от едно изключително постижение не е реалистично. (Не ми е известен в историята на човечеството случай, когато Нобелов лауреат е едновременно и олимпийски шампион.) От имиграционна гледна точка, дори едно ще е изключителна рядкост – броят на живите Нобелови лауреати и олимпийски шампиони, които не са американски граждани, е около една стотна от ежегодната квота.

Като се вземат предвид тези ограничения, е що-годе реалистично кандидатът да събере максимум от 45 точки. Дали обаче и това ще е възможно на практика?

Представете си, че сте американски работодател. Отчаяно ви е нужен специалист, какъвто сте успели да намерите зад граница – толкова, че сте се съгласили да му плащате заплата в пъти над средната. Какво става?

Принципно вие нямате право да попитате този кандидат за възрастта му – би било нарушение на анти-дискриминационните разпоредби. Нито да проследите дали за отличния английски на писмата му не помага някой друг. Така че нямате как да прецените дали той ще бъде допуснат да имигрира, и така да получи позволение да работи за вас.

Изхитряте се и провеждате интервю онлайн. За щастие кандидатът изглежда на идеална възраст и английският очевидно му е роден език. Решавате да нарушите регулациите и изисквате от него необходимата ви информация. Той не ви издава или съди, предоставя я – наистина е на 28 години, роден в Англия англичанин, завършил е с отличен успех американски технически университет. Заедно с вашето чудесно предложение за работа би бил приет като имигрант с пълна гаранция.

Като начало, трябва да изчакате до края на годината – дотогава кандидатурите за имигриране се събират. След това още поне 3-4 месеца, докато те бъдат обработени и точкувани. След това още поне 2-3 месеца, докато на всичките 140 000 кандидати бъдат проведени интервюта. След това още 2-3 месеца, докато кандидатите бъдат проучени и визите им бъдат издадени. И след това още поне 1-2 месеца, докато кандидатът, уверил се вече че е приет за имигрант, се разпореди с имущество, работа и прочее и се премести… Общо средно към година и половина от момента, в който сте го намерили. Можете ли да си позволите да чакате толкова, ако сте така закъсали за служител?

Затова подозирам, че такава система ще се превърне в по-грозен вариант на това, което става сега с работните визи H-1. Имиграционните квоти ще бъдат обсебени от компании „роботърговци“, които ще внасят специалисти от чужбина, за да ги предлагат под безумен наем на реално нуждаещите се от тях американски компании. Самите специалисти вероятно ще бъдат изнудвани и държани с твърде брутални средства да не напуснат „роботърговеца“, и вероятно ще получават малка част от официалните си заплати. (Като се има предвид, че те ще са вече законни постоянни жители, тези средства вероятно ще са „документи“, че специалистът „е използвал измама при кандидатстване“, или нещо подобно. Иначе казано, ситуацията с трудовата имиграция ще се превърне от корумпирана в престъпна.)

Изгодна ли е тази система за САЩ?

Принципно идеята за пренасочване на имиграцията от предимно семейна основа към предимно професионално-икономическа основа е мъдра и нужна. Дяволът обаче се крие в детайлите.

Като начало, средният годишен брой имигранти за съществуването на САЩ наистина е от този порядък. Реално обаче е бил такъв, когато населението на САЩ е било 40 милиона. За всякакви икономически, трудови, социални и прочее цели е адекватно имигрантите да се преценяват не като абсолютен брой, а като процент от населението. Тоест, адекватният брой визи е не 140 000, а около 800 000 годишно. (Годишният процент имигранти в Канада и Австралия сега е такъв.)

Другата подробност е, че когато се касае за икономически активни имигранти, които носят икономиката на гърба си, максимален допустим брой просто няма. Да бъде установяван е все едно човек да си установи сам личен максимален приход и да отказва суми над него, ако му бъдат предложени.

Не знам дали тази имиграционна система ще бъде разгледана от Конгреса и Сената, дали ще бъде приета и евентуално с какви поправки. Уважаемите сенатори Котън и Пердю обаче имат отчаяна нужда някой да им обясни примера с личния максимален приход. Вероятно и да им го повтори десетина пъти. Тяхната глупост може да е благо за останалия свят, но за родината им би била начало на катастрофа. А пък никой нормален човек няма изгода от това САЩ да катастрофират – поне не и когато алтернативните модели за икономическо и социално развитие са тези на Русия и Китай.

OpenFest 2017 CfP

Post Syndicated from Vasil Kolev original https://vasil.ludost.net/blog/?p=3363

Като новина за понеделник сутрин – може да подавате заявки за лекции и workshop-и за OpenFest 2017. Имаме огромно пространство за workshop-и, та ако искате да показвате нещо от типа на “запояване на челна стойка”, ще се радваме да го видим.

The end of Gentoo’s hardened kernel

Post Syndicated from corbet original https://lwn.net/Articles/731477/rss

Gentoo has long provided a hardened kernel package, but that is
coming to an end
. “As you may know the core of
sys-kernel/hardened-sources has been the grsecurity patches. Recently the
grsecurity developers have decided to limit access to these patches. As a
result, the Gentoo Hardened team is unable to ensure a regular patching
schedule and therefore the security of the users of these kernel
sources. Thus, we will be masking hardened-sources on the 27th of August
and will proceed to remove them from the package repository by the end of
September.

Kernel prepatch 4.13-rc6

Post Syndicated from corbet original https://lwn.net/Articles/731475/rss

The 4.13-rc6 kernel prepatch is out.
So everything still looks on target for a normal release schedule,
which would imply rc7 next weekend, and then the final 4.13 the week
after that.

Unless something happens, of course. Tomorrow is the solar eclipse,
and maybe it brings doom and gloom even beyond the expected Oregon
trafficalypse. You never know.”

The Windows App Store is Full of Pirate Streaming Apps

Post Syndicated from Ernesto original https://torrentfreak.com/the-windows-app-store-is-full-of-pirate-streaming-apps-170820/

Over the past few years it has become much easier to stream movies and TV-shows over the Internet.

Legal streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon are booming. At the same time, however, there’s also a dark market of thousands of pirate streaming tools.

In recent months, Hollywood has directed many its anti-piracy efforts towards unauthorized Kodi-addons and several popular pirate streaming sites, which offer movies and TV-shows without permission. What seems to be largely ignored, however, is a “store” that hundreds of millions of people have access to; the Windows App Store.

When we were browsing through the “top free” apps in the Windows Store, our attention was drawn to several applications that promoted “free movies” including various Hollywood blockbusters such as “Wonder Woman,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and “The Mummy.”

Initially, we assumed that a pirate app may have slipped passed Microsoft’s screening process. However, the ‘problem’ doesn’t appear to be isolated. There are dozens of similar apps in the official store that promise potential users free movies, most with rave reviews.

Some of the many pirate apps in the “trusted” store

Most of the applications work on multiple platforms including PC, mobile, and the Xbox. They are pretty easy to use and rely on the familiar grid-based streaming interface most sites and services use. Pick a movie or TV-show, click the play button, and off you go.

The sheer number of piracy apps in the Windows Store, using names such as “Free Movies HD,” “Free Movies Online 2020,” and “FreeFlix HQ,” came as a surprise to us. In particular, because the developers make no attempt to hide their activities, quite the opposite.

The app descriptions are littered with colorful language offering the latest Hollywood movies, and thousands of others, without charge. In addition, the apps display their capabilities in various screenshots, including those showing movies that are not yet available on legal streaming platforms.

Screenshot provided by the Windows app store

Making matters worse, the applications show advertising as well, including high-quality pre-roll ads. Some of these appear to be facilitated through Microsoft’s own Ad Monetization platform. Other apps offer paid versions or in-app purchases to monetize their service.

After hours of going through the pirate app offerings, it’s clear that Microsoft’s “trusted” Windows Store is ridden with unauthorized content. Thus far we have only mentioned video, but the issue also applies to pirated music in the form of dedicated streaming and download apps.

Earlier this year, Microsoft signed a landmark anti-piracy agreement with several major copyright holders, to address pirate search results in the Bing search engine. The above makes clear that search results in the Microsoft Store store may require some attention too.

TorrentFreak reached out to Microsoft, asking for a comment on our findings, but at the time of publication we haven’t yet heard back.

Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

TVAddons Decimated Without Trial, Here’s a View of the Damage

Post Syndicated from Andy original https://torrentfreak.com/tvaddons-decimated-without-trial-heres-a-view-of-the-damage-170820/

On June 2, a collection of Canadian telecoms giants including Bell Canada, Bell ExpressVu, Bell Media, Videotron, Groupe TVA, Rogers Communications and Rogers Media, filed a complaint in Federal Court against Montreal resident Adam Lackman, the man behind TVAddons.

They claimed that by developing, hosting, distributing or promoting Kodi add-ons, Lackman infringed their copyrights.

On June 9 the Federal Court handed down an interim injunction against Lackman which restrained him from various activities in respect of TVAddons. The process took place ex parte, meaning in secret, without Lackman being able to mount a defense.

The plaintiffs were also granted an Anton Piller order, a civil search warrant that granted access to Lackman’s premises and allowed him to be interrogated.

As previously reported, the plaintiffs abused the process and only later did a court recognize that the search was designed as both a fishing exercise and a means to take down TVAddons, in advance of any trial on the merits of the case.

In the meantime, with the process grinding through an early appeal, the plaintiffs’ aim of destroying TVAddons has been at least partially achieved. After prolonged downtime, Lackman recently brought the site back under a new URL, TVAddons.co. However, he informs TF that serious damage has been done to a project that previously enjoyed great momentum.

“Google is the most popular site on the internet. If Google was down for a day, you’d check back tomorrow. If it was down for a week, you’d check back a week later. If it was down for a month, maybe you’d try once in a while,” Lackman says.

“However, if Google was down for more than six months, would you return in a year from now? Probably not. And that’s Google, not a small community site like TVAddons.”

Some people are coming back to the site now, but in nowhere near the volumes it previously enjoyed. Here’s a traffic analysis for a typical day at TVAddons.ag before the takedown.

TVAddons.ag daily traffic, before the takedown

And here is how the traffic for TVAddons.co looked a few days ago, a little two weeks after its revival and ten weeks after the initial takedown.

Part of the problem is not being able to get in touch with former users. In addition to taking control of TVAddons’ domains, the legal process also deprived the site of its social media accounts.

For example, TVAddons’ original Twitter account is now dormant. It still has 141K followers but with its passwords in the hands of lawyers, Lackman has been forced to open a new account, TVAddonsco. However, he’s only been able to attract just over 8,000 followers.

Facebook tells a similar story. With no access to the old account (which had 174,229 likes), the new account facebook.com/tvaddonsco is stalling at around 1,600. The situations on YouTube and Instagram are just as bleak.

“They’ve completely muzzled us, there was never anything questionable on our social media, seizing it without actually winning a lawsuit against us is nothing less than censorship,” Lackman says.

“Since we never required user registration, we don’t have the ability to reach the majority of our users without having access to our old social media accounts and notification system, which doesn’t work without our domain name being active.”

Also seized were TVaddons’ Feedburner account, which was used to manage the site’s 100,000 RSS feed subscribers.

“It was in the same account as Google+ and YouTube so we lost that too. We could have easily used it to forward our RSS feed and keep all the subscribers otherwise,” Lackman adds.

This has left TVAddons having to do its best to spread the details of its new locations via social media and a contest that has thus far gained more than 87,000 entries and may be helping things along.

While it’s now common knowledge that many TVAddons-related domains and accounts were seized following the search, Lackman now reveals that other non-connected projects were affected too. Included were the social media pages of several unrelated businesses, the domain name of a hosting website that was around seven years old, and an entirely legal “cord-cutting” information resource.

“Since the cord-cutting phenomenon conflicts with their business interests, seizing that specific social media page effectively destroyed their direct competition,” Lackman says.

“The plaintiffs are trying to destroy their competition rather than innovating. TVAddons provided a lot of legitimate competition for them in terms of content for cordcutters, they’re trying to keep a grasp on the market at any cost.

“Their failure at innovating can be immediately demonstrated by the fact that the NFL recently canceled all broadcast contracts with Canadian TV operators, in favor of DAZN, a new legal sports streaming service that charges half the price they did, with way more content than their sports packages ever offered.”

But despite the setbacks, Lackman appears determined to continue not only with the resurrected TVAddons, but also the legal fight against the Canadian broadcasting giants intent on his destruction.

At the time of writing the site’s fundraiser has generated more than $27,000 in 15 days but TF understands that this might only be 5 to 10 percent of the final sum required when all bills are counted. It’s hoped that new methods of donating and assistance from friendly website operators might give the campaign an additional boost but in the meantime, Lackman is expressing gratitude for the efforts so far.

It’s hard to say whether TVAddons will once again reach the heights achieved at its peak but after taking years to build up a following, the odds are certainly stacked against it.

Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

On ISO standardization of blockchains

Post Syndicated from Robert Graham original http://blog.erratasec.com/2017/08/on-iso-standardization-of-blockchains.html

So ISO, the primary international standards organization, is seeking to standardize blockchain technologies. On the surface, this seems a reasonable idea, creating a common standard that everyone can interoperate with.

But it can be silly idea in practice. I mean, it should not be assumed that this is a good thing to do.

The value of official standards

You don’t need the official imprimatur of a government committee for something to be a “standard”. The Internet itself is a prime example of that.

In the 1980s, the ISO and the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) pursued competing standards for creating a world-wide “internet”. The IETF was an informal group of technologist that had essentially no official standing.

The ISO version of the Internet failed. Their process was to bring multiple stakeholders from business, government, and universities together in committees to debate competing interests. The result was something so horrible that it could never work in practice.

The IETF succeeded. It consisted of engineers just building things. Rather than officially “standardized”, these things were “described”, so that others knew enough to build their own version that interoperated. Once lots of different people built interoperating versions of something, then it became a “standard”.

In other words, the way the Internet came to be, standardization followed interoperability — it didn’t create interoperability.

In the end, the ISO gave up on their standards and adopted the IETF standards. The ISO brought no value to the development of Internet standards. Whether they ratified the Internet’s “TCP/IP” standard, ignored it, or condemned it, the Internet would exist today anyway, and a competing ISO-blessed internetwork would not.

The same question exists for blockchain technologies. Groups are off busy innovating quickly, creating their own standards. If the ISO blesses one, or creates its own, it’s unlikely to have any impact on interoperability.

Blockchain vs. chaining blocks

The excitement over blockchains is largely driven by people who don’t know the details, who don’t understand the difference between a blockchain like Bitcoin and the problem they are trying to solve.

Consider a record keeping system, especially public records. Storing them in a blockchain seems like a natural idea.

But in fact, it’s a terrible idea. A Bitcoin-style blockchain has a lot of features you don’t want, like “proof-of-work” signing. It is also missing necessary features, like bulk storage with redundancy (backups). Sure, Bitcoin has redundancy, but by brute force, storing the blockchain in thousands of places around the Internet. This is far from what a public records system would need, which would store a lot more data with far fewer backup copies (fewer than 10).

The only real overlap between Bitcoin and a public records system is a “signing chain”. But this is something that already existed before Bitcoin. It’s what Bitcoin blockchain was built on top of — it’s not the blockchain itself.

It’s like people discovering “cryptography” for the first time when they looked at Bitcoin, ignoring the thousand year history of crypto, and now every time they see a need for “crypto” they think “Bitcoin blockchain”.

Consensus and forking

The entire point of Bitcoin, the reason it was created, was as the antithesis to centralized standardization like ISO. Standardizing blockchains misses the entire point of their existence. The Bitcoin manifesto is that standardization comes from acclamation not proclamation, and that many different standards are preferable to a single one.

This is not just a theoretical idea but one built into Bitcoin’s blockchain technology. “Consensus” is achieved by the proof-of-work mechanism, so that those who do the most work are the ones that drive the consensus. When irreconcilable differences arise, the blockchain “forks”, with each side continuing on with their now non-interoperable blockchains. Such forks are not a sin, but part of the natural evolution.

We saw this with the recent fork of Bitcoin. There are now so many transactions that they exceed the size of blocks. One group chose a change to make transactions smaller. Another group chose a change to make block sizes larger.

It is this problem, of consensus, that is the innovation that Bitcoin created with blockchains, not the chain signing of public transaction records.

Ethereum

What “blockchain standardization” is going to mean in practice is not the blockchain itself, but trying to standardize the Ethereum version. What makes Ethereum different is the “smart contracts” programming language, which has financial institutions excited.

This is a bad idea because from a cybersecurity perspective, Ethereum’s programming language is flawed. Different bugs in “smart contracts” have led to multiple $100-million hacks, such as the infamous “DAO collapse”.

While it has interesting possibilities, we should be scared of standardizing Ethereum’s language before it works.

Conclusion

People who matter are too busy innovating, creating their own blockchain standards. There is little that the ISO can do to improve this. Their official imprimatur is not needed to foster innovation and interoperability — if they are consequential at anything, it’ll just be interfering.

Streaming Service iflix Buys Shows Based on Piracy Data

Post Syndicated from Ernesto original https://torrentfreak.com/streaming-service-iflix-buys-shows-based-on-piracy-data-170819/

When major movie and TV companies discuss piracy they often mention the massive losses incurred as a result of unauthorized downloads and streams.

However, this unofficial market also offers a valuable pool of often publicly available data on the media consumption habits of a relatively young generation.

Many believe that piracy is in part a market signal showing copyright holders what consumers want. This makes piracy statistics key business intelligence, which some companies have started to realize.

Netflix, for example, previously said that their offering is partly based on what shows do well on BitTorrent networks and other pirate sites. In addition, the streaming service also uses piracy to figure out how much they can charge in a country. They are not alone.

Other major entertainment companies also keep a close eye on piracy, using this data to their advantage. This includes the Asia-based streaming portal iFlix, which recently secured $133 million in funding and boasts to have over five million users.

Iflix co-founder Patrick Grove says that his company actively uses piracy numbers to determine what content they acquire. The data reveal what is popular locally, and help to give viewers the TV-shows and movies they’re most interested in.

“We looked at piracy data in every market,” Grove informed CNBC’s Managing Asia, which doesn’t stop at looking at a few torrent download numbers.

Representatives from the Asian company actually went out on the streets to buy pirated DVDs from street vendors. In addition, iflix also received help from local Internet providers which shared a variety of streaming data.

TorrentFreak reached out to the streaming service to get more details about their data gathering techniques. One of the main partners to measure online piracy is the German company TECXIPIO, which is known to actively monitor BitTorrent traffic.

The company also maintains a close relationship with Internet providers that offer further insight, including streaming data, to determine which titles work best in each market.

While analyzing the different sets of data, the streaming service was surprised to see the diversity in different regions as well as the ever-changing consumer demand.

“Through looking at the Top 20 pirated DVDs in every market we are live in, we were surprised to find the amount of pirated K-drama content. In Ghana for example, the number one pirated title is K-drama series called ‘Legend of the Blue Sea’,” an iflix spokesperson told us.

Iflix believes that piracy data is superior to other market intelligence. Before rolling out its service in Saudi Arabia the company made a list of the 1,000 most popular shows and used that to its advantage.

While there is a lot of piracy in emerging markets, iflix doesn’t think that people are not willing to pay for entertainment. It just has to be available for a decent price, and that’s where they come in.

“We believe that people in emerging markets do not actively want to steal content, they do so because there is no better alternative,” the company informs us.

“As consumers become more connected, gaining access to information and cultural influences on a global scale, they want to be entertained at a world-class standard. We set out with the aim of offering an alternative that is better than piracy; by providing unlimited access to high-quality, world-class entertainment, all at the price of pirated DVD.”

There is no doubt that iflix is ambitious, and that it’s willing to employ some unusual tactics to grow its userbase. The company is quite optimistic about the future as well, judging from its co-founder’s prediction that it will welcome its billionth viewer in a few years.

Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

БНТ и българското председателство на Съвета 2018

Post Syndicated from nellyo original https://nellyo.wordpress.com/2017/08/19/bnt-17/

На 14 август 2017 за обществено обсъждане е публикуван проект за Постановление на МС за създаване на Координационен борд по въпросите на Българското председателство на Съвета на Европейския съюз през 2018 г. Обсъждането е с 14-дневен срок.

Според придружаващия доклад на Лиляна Павлова, министър, освен другото

в   заключителните разпоредби на проекта на акт се предвиждат промени в Постановление № 114 на Министерския съвет от 2016 г. за създаване на национален механизъм за координация на подготовката и провеждането на Българското председателство на Съвета на Европейския съюз през 2018 г., отчитащи създаването на Министерството за Българското председателство на Съвета на Европейския съюз 2018 и поемането на функциите по подготовката и провеждането на Председателството от Националния център за Българското председателство.

Изрично са разписани задълженията на Българската национална телевизия, определена като домакин-разпространител на картина и звук от събитията по време на Българското председателство на Съвета на Европейския съюз през 2018 г. с Решение № 165 на Министерския съвет от 2017 г.

Научаваме, следователно, че по-рано през 2017 г. БНТ е определена с решение на МС за домакин-разпространител на картина и звук от събитията по време на Българското председателство на Съвета на Европейския съюз през 2018 г.

А в обсъжданото Постановление на Министерския съвет за създаване на Координационен борд  се предвижда да се внесат следните изменения, засягащи функциите на БНТ (досега според ПМС 114/2016 се създава юридическо лице –  Национален център по подготовката и провеждането на Българското председателство на Съвета на Европейския съюз през 2018 г. към Министерския съвет, предвиден в чл.1, ал.7 на Постановлението, според проекта тази разпоредба се отменя):

“Заключителни разпоредби

§ 2. В Постановление № 114 на Министерския съвет от 2016 г. за създаване на национален механизъм за координация на подготовката и провеждането на Българското председателство на Съвета на Европейския съюз през 2018 г. (обн., ДВ, бр. 36 от 2016 г.; изм. и доп., бр. 79 от 2016 г.; изм., бр. 12 и 39 от 2017 г.) се правят следните изменения и допълнения:

4. Член 13 се изменя така:
„Чл. 13. (1) Българската национална телевизия (БНТ), определена за домакин-разпространител на картина и звук от събитията по време на Българското председателство на Съвета на Европейския съюз през 2018 г. с Решение № 165 на Министерския съвет от 2017 г.:

1. участва в изграждането на международния пресцентър, като:
а) разработва изискванията за техническата инфраструктура на пресцентъра в НДК, свързани с осигуряване на аудиовизуален сигнал;
б) изгражда кабелната инфраструктура за аудиовизуален сигнал на територията на пресцентъра и паркинга за автомобилите за излъчване на живо;
в) осигурява и монтира оборудването за необходимите апаратни (MCR), 5 телевизионни и 8 радиокабини (с потенциална възможност телевизионните кабини да бъдат удвоени), 6 стационарни позиции на територията на Националния дворец на културата съгласно изискванията на Генералния секретариат на Съвета на Европейския съюз;
г) изгражда интранет връзка на територията на пресцентъра;
д) създава и поддържа информационен канал за журналисти чрез мониторите в пресцентъра
е) осигурява необходимите технически екипи за поддръжка на оборудването.

2. отговаря за аудиовизуалното отразяване на Председателството, като :
а) осигурява аудиовизуално покритие на събитията от календара на Председателството категория А и С и други официални събития, заявени от Министерството за Българското председателство на Съвета на Европейския съюз 2018, и излъчва сигнала в реално време на територията на пресцентъра;
б) изработва видеоматериали от събитията в минимум две резолюции за портала на Председателството;
в) изработва документален филм за Българското председателство на Съвета на Европейския съюз;
г) създава седмична рубрика за Председателството;
д) резервира и заплаща сателитните канали за живо предаване към ЕbS и реализира излъчванията;
е) участва в координационни срещи с представители на институциите във връзка с Председателството.

3. управлява услугите за телевизионни и радиожурналисти, предлагани от пресцентъра, като:
а) изработва и публикува ценоразпис на услугите;
б) осъществява комуникацията с телевизиите и радиата преди събитието, приема и координира заявките за ползване на телевизионни, радиокабини, стенд-ъпи с оператор и други услуги;
в) оказва съдействие при формирането на пуловете от оператори и фоторепортери;
г) осигурява необходимите екипи за управление на услугите.

4. има право да получи от Министерството за Българското председателство на Съвета на Европейския съюз 2018 информация за: календара на събитията от категории А и С и други официални събития, които е длъжна да отрази; местата за всяко събитие (точките в Националния дворец на културата), от които трябва да има телевизионен сигнал; броя и разположението на телевизионните и радиокабините, стенд-ъпите и паркинга за SNG; броя и местоположението на мониторите на територията на пресцентъра, по които ще се подава картина; списъка и времетраенето на събитията, които ще се излъчват на живо чрез Europe by Satellite; времевия график и резолюцията, в които видеоматериалите, трябва да бъдат качвани на портала на Председателството;

5. има право да ползва посочени от нея помещения с работни места на територията на пресцентъра за изпълнение на задълженията си;
6. има право да получава съдействие от екипа на пресцентъра и техническите екипи на “НДК – Конгресен център София” – ЕАД при възникнала необходимост;
7. има право да получава оперативна информация от екипа на пресцентъра за промените в програмата на всяко събитие.

(2) БНТ предоставя със споразумение безвъзмездно на Министерския съвет изключителните права за използване на аудио-визуалните произведения, създадени от БНТ в качеството й на домакин-разпространител на картина и звук, и филма за Председателството по всички, предвидени в Закона за авторското право и сродните му права начини за максимално допустимия срок, включително и правото за преотстъпване при последващо излъчване.”

Както е видно, БНТ ще има право да получава информация  – и задължение да изработва, осигурява, изгражда, създава, управлява и пр., както и  да предоставя безвъзмездно на МС изключителни права за (каталог) произведения.

Поне в обнародваните сега документи няма индикации каква е връзката на тези  задачи с бюджетната субсидия, която БНТ получава според Закона за държавния бюджет. В доклада на министър Павлова се казва, че

Предложеният проект на акт не оказва пряко и/или косвено въздействие върху държавния бюджет, поради което е приложена финансова обосновка съгласно приложение № 2.2 към чл. 35, ал. 1, т. 4, буква „б“ от Устройствения правилник на Министерския съвет и на неговата администрация (това е приложението в случаи, когато   проектът  няма да доведе до пряко и/или косвено въздействие върху държавния бюджет).

Щом казват.

Filed under: BG Law Making, BG Media, Media Law

Rightscorp Bleeds Another Million, Borrows $200K From Customer BMG

Post Syndicated from Andy original https://torrentfreak.com/rightscorp-bleeds-another-million-borrows-200k-from-customer-bmg-170819/

Anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp is one of the many companies trying to turn Internet piracy into profit. The company has a somewhat novel approach but has difficulty balancing the books.

Essentially, Rightscorp operates like other so-called copyright-trolling operations, in that it monitors alleged offenders on BitTorrent networks, tracks them to their ISPs, then attempts to extract a cash settlement. Rightscorp does this by sending DMCA notices with settlement agreements attached, in the hope that at-this-point-anonymous Internet users break cover in panic. This can lead to a $20 or $30 ‘fine’ or in some cases dozens of multiples of that.

But despite settling hundreds of thousands of these cases, profit has thus far proven elusive, with the company hemorrhaging millions in losses. The company has just filed its results for the first half of 2017 and they contain more bad news.

In the six months ended June 2017, revenues obtained from copyright settlements reached just $138,514, that’s 35% down on the $214,326 generated in the same period last year. However, the company did manage to book $148,332 in “consulting revenue” in the first half of this year, a business area that generated no revenue in 2016.

Overall then, total revenue for the six month period was $286,846 – up from $214,326 last year. While that’s a better picture in its own right, Rightscorp has a lot of costs attached to its business.

After paying out $69,257 to copyright holders and absorbing $1,190,696 in general and administrative costs, among other things, the company’s total operating expenses topped out at $1,296,127 for the first six months of the year.

To make a long story short, the company made a net loss of $1,068,422, which was more than the $995,265 loss it made last year and despite improved revenues. The company ended June with just $1,725 in cash.

“These factors raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern within one year after the date that the financial statements are issued,” the company’s latest statement reads.

This hanging-by-a-thread narrative has followed Rightscorp for the past few years but there’s information in the latest accounts which indicates how bad things were at the start of the year.

In January 2016, Rightscorp and several copyright holders, including Hollywood studio Warner Bros, agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit over intimidating robo-calls that were made to alleged infringers. The defendants agreed to set aside $450,000 to cover the costs, and it appears that Rightscorp was liable for at least $200,000 of that.

Rightscorp hasn’t exactly been flush with cash, so it was interesting to read that its main consumer piracy settlement client, music publisher BMG, actually stepped in to pay off the class-action settlement.

“At December 31, 2016, the Company had accrued $200,000 related to the settlement of a class action complaint. On January 7, 2017, BMG Rights Management (US) LLC (“BMG”) advanced the Company $200,000, which was used to pay off the settlement. The advance from BMG is to be applied to future billings from the Company to BMG for consulting services,” Rightscorp’s filing reads.

With Rightscorp’s future BMG revenue now being gobbled up by what appears to be loan repayments, it becomes difficult to see how the anti-piracy outfit can make enough money to pay off the $200,000 debt. However, its filing notes that on July 21, 2017, the company issued “an aggregate of 10,000,000 shares of common stock to an investor for a purchase price of $200,000.” While that amount matches the BMG debt, the filing doesn’t reveal who the investor is.

The filing also reveals that on July 31, Rightscorp entered into two agreements to provide services “to a holder of multiple copyrights.” The copyright holder isn’t named, but the deal reveals that it’s in Rightscorp’s best interests to get immediate payment from people to whom it sends cash settlement demands.

“[Rightscorp] will receive 50% of all gross proceeds of any settlement revenue received by the Client from pre-lawsuit ‘advisory notices,’ and 37.5% of all gross proceeds received by the Client from ‘final warning’ notices sent immediately prior to a lawsuit,” the filing notes.

Also of interest is that Rightscorp has offered not to work with any of the copyright holders’ direct competitors, providing certain thresholds are met – $10,000 revenue in the first month to $100,000 after 12 months. But there’s more to the deal.

Rightscorp will also provide a number of services to this client including detecting and verifying copyright works on P2P networks, providing information about infringers, plus reporting, litigation support, and copyright protection advisory services.

For this, Rightscorp will earn $10,000 for the first three months, rising to $85,000 per month after 16 months, valuable revenue for a company fighting for its life.

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